Companies House erroneously misspelt in its records the name of a company which had gone into liquidation (Taylor & Son Limited), as Taylor & Sons Limited which was not in liquidation at the time. Companies House corrected the typographical error 3 days later, however, the damage was already done, as the information had been disseminated on the internet.

Taylor & Sons sued Companies House and won. The Court ruled that Companies House was legally responsible for the firm’s fate. Damages have yet to be determined, but the lawyers acting for the managing director of Taylor & Sons have estimated the company’s claim at £8.8m.